If you’ve ever longed for a simple step in your makeup routine that will add just a little bit of ‘oomph’ to it, well… I’ve got five! Obviously, you don’t need to do all (or any) of these steps, but they totally improved my makeup. At least, in my opinion!
1. Finishing Powder
If you don’t want a defined highlight, but want to keep a little glow all over your face, grab a finishing powder like this gorgeous tin of Guerlan Météorites. They add just a bit of ‘wow’ to your face that most people will notice, but can’t quite place. Other favorites are the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders.
This is a tricky product, but investing in a primer is seriously one of the best things I’ve done. They make my foundation—liquid, powder or mineral—go on much more smoothly, and they extend the wear time of my bases. This is my favorite, the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer, but worthy contenders are the Ellana Minerals Make it Last Primer* and the BECCA Resurfacing Primer.
3. Push Liner
This is a very small brush with barely any bristles, but it’s the perfect tool for tightlining your eyes. Tightlining is key for a defined eye, if you don’t like wearing thick liner. This brush, the G521 Eyeliner Brush D1 by Hakuhodo, is the perfect tool for that special extra step.
4. Nude Eyeliner
This is an oldie but a goodie: a nude liner applied on the waterline is your ticket to faking big & bright eyes. The Rimmel ScandalEyes Kohl Pencil in Nude is a good one, but another great long-lasting pencil is the NARS Larger Than Life Eye Pencil in Rue Bonaparte.
5. White eye base
I’m not talking about an eye primer (we all know those are great), but a white eye base. To retain the vibrancy and intensity of an eye color, apply a creamy white base like this NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk beforehand. This little step will add so much to your makeup look, especially if you are going in for the brights or the pastels.
Do you have any favorite little extras that make a world of difference to your makeup? Do share!
* PR Sample. Guerlain and Rimmel are not cruelty-free.